Nutrition Basics

Nutrition can be extremely overwhelming, especially when you’re new to looking at food and what you’re putting in your body.  Let’s break it down.   Nutrients are divided into 2 categories: macronutrients and micronutrients.  Macronutrients are Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats.  Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and water.  Not all calories are created equal!  For example, 100 calories of chips are not equal in nutrition to 100 calories of avocado.  This has to do with the nutritional content, the micronutrients. The ratio of macronutrients is most typically 40% protein, 30% fat, and 30% carbs for a healthy diet.  An online food journal can be helpful to give an idea of where you’re starting, although I don’t recommend it once you learn portion sizes and how to balance your meals & snacks.  To keep it simple, if the foods you choose have 5 ingredients or less, then you’ll be eating pretty clean.  The most important rule in eating well is to minimize processed foods & sugar and to maximize micronutrients, found in fruits and veggies.  If you do just that, you will improve your health!

By | 2017-02-23T20:42:00+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Nutrition|